Alfred Julius Schillke

b. 22 May 1906, d. 23 May 1993
  • Alfred Julius Schillke was born on 22 May 1906 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Adolf Julius Schillke and Anna Runge appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, at 199 Rodney Avenue and one boarder.. Other members of the household included Alfred Julius Schillke, Charlotte Louise Schillke and Margaret Schillke.
  • Adolf Julius Schillke and Anna Runge appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, at 219 Hagen Street and Gertrude is also enumerated in Ithaca.. Other members of the household included Alfred Julius Schillke, Charlotte Louise Schillke and Margaret Schillke.
  • He was attending school and employed as a clerk by the YMCA, according to the 1930 census.
  • He married Esther Louise Hoffman, daughter of Christian Hoffman and Anna Maria Christina Borth, on 21 October 1932.
  • Christ and Mate Hoffman were photographed with some of their family, about 1955.
  • During May 1956, Christ and Mate Hoffman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and family members posed for a group photograph.
  • The following appeared on 29 April 1957 in the Buffalo Courier-Express: The Rev. Paul R. Swank officiated at the marriage of Miss Katrina Louise Schillke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Schillke of Chateau Ter., Snyder., and Darold Clarence Wobschall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence R. Wobschall of Wells, Minn., at 3 Saturday afternoon at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Borroughs Dr., Snyder.
         The bride wore an Empire gown of ivory satin. A back sweep highlighted the sheath skirt and the bodice was topped by a short, fitted jacket. Her Madonna veil of silk lace was the same one worn by her mother when she was married. She carried ivory tulips.
         Miss Gretchen Juliann Schillke of Hollis was maid of honor for her sister. She was attired in an Empire gown of green taffeta accented by violet chiffon. Mrs. William A. Livingston, bridesmaid, was similarly gowned in violet taffeta.
         The best man was William A. Livingston, and the ushers were Kermit Wobschall of Wells, brother of the bridegroom; Peter Schillke, brother of the bride, and Anthony Dugan.
  • The SSDI lists Buffalo, Erie County, New York, as the last residence of record of Alfred Julius Schillke.
  • Alfred Julius Schillke died on 23 May 1993 at age 87.
  • Esther Louise Hoffman became a widow at his death.
  • He was interred at Acacia Park Cemetery, North Tonawanda, Niagara County, New York.
  • The following appeared on 27 May 1993 in The Buffalo News: A memorial service for Alfred J. Schillke, 87, retired Buffalo Police Department desk lieutenant and a champion distance runner, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in Ascension Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Snyder.
         Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.
         Schillke, who was born in a suburb of Montreal, died Sunday (May 23, 1993) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, one day after his 87th birthday. He had suffered a massive stroke Friday.
         He came to Buffalo with his parents when he was 9 years old. He was a graduate of Hutchinson Central High School, where he was a local and state champion distance runner. He attended Cornell University and later the Albright Art School, where he met his wife, the former Esther Hoffman.
         Schillke was a police officer and desk lieutenant for 43 years until his retirement in 1972. He often served as a literacy volunteer in the jail at Police Headquarters and was the department's historian.
         Because of his skill as an artist, he also served for several years as the official police cartographer. His duties included making drawings of crime scenes, taking measurements and testifying on physical evidence.
         In addition to his police duties, Schillke was active in the church, working in youth and adult education. He also was a skilled cabinet maker, a local history buff and a calligrapher.
         Schillke was a life member of the Judges and Police Conference of Erie County.
         He often made appearances in local races and continued to jog until recently even though he had suffered a small stroke about a year ago. Friends and neighbors said they were amazed to see him walk and then jog while carrying a cane.
         Besides his wife of 60 years, survivors include two daughters, Gretchen Carpenter of Bethel, Conn., and Katrina Wobschall of Williamsville; two sons, Peter and Christian, both of Santa Barbara, Calif; two sisters, Gertrude Reimann of Grand Island and Margaret Williams of Florida; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
  • Last Edited: 13 Oct 2013

Family: Esther Louise Hoffman b. 12 June 1909, d. 14 May 2001